Core Facilities

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Mathematical Sciences

Archaeological Analytical Research Facilities

Biological Anthropology Research Facilities

Geographic Information System/ Statistical Analysis Lab

Department of Physics

Department of Chemistry

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Psychology

The IEEC - Research Instrumentation and Manufacturing Infrastructure

Health Sciences Core Facility

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core Instrumentation



The department has extensive laboratory facilities supporting a range of instructional and research activities. Equipment includes two heating-freezing microscopes with video recording capabilities for fluid inclusion studies; a 30'x2'x1.5' recirculating flume for experiments in sediment transport; an experimental petrology laboratory with 15 cold-seal vessels, 2 Ar-media presses, 2 one-atmosphere gas-mixing furnaces, and a piston cylinder furnace; a paleomagnetics laboratory with a slow speed spinner magnetometer and a.f. demagnetizing equipment; a seismic laboratory with a local seismic station and computer links to seismographs around the world; two scanning electron microscopes; and a cathodoluminescence microscope.

During the last several years we have obtained new state-of-the-art equipment to improve our research facilities, including: (1) a DCP- atomic emission spectrometer for whole-rock and mineral-separate analyses: (2) a JEOL-8900 'Super Probe' for our electron microbeam facility; (3) a Nikon microscope-photography set up for photomicrographs and videotapes; (4) three classroom monitors for real-time Macintosh, IBM, and Microscope-TV display; (5) a 24-channel high-resolution shallow seismic reflection system; (6) an X-ray diffractometer with computer automation and pattern searching software; and (7) a network of Sun workstations for our Seismic laboratory.

Ongoing research projects involving faculty, staff and graduate students include field studies in Australia, California, the Canadian Rockies, the Caribbean, Colombia, East Greenland, Idaho, India, Iowa, Mexico, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand, at sea with the Ocean Drilling Program, Russia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tibet, Utah and Venezuela.

Ongoing laboratory studies include computer modeling of earthquake source mechanisms, experimental studies of amphibole stability, computer modeling of Earth tides, oscillations and wobbles, and analytical studies of whole-rocks, mineral separates and minerals in thin section.



Research and instruction are supported by extensive computing facilities, including several IBM mainframes and Sun servers. Microcomputers, some with sophisticated graphics capabilities, are available in central complexes as well as in departments and laboratories around campus. Terminal connections are available in the graduate apartment complex through the campus telecommunications system.



The Archaeological Analytical Research Facility provides infrastructure and analytical support for research and teaching by faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University. The facility consists of a laboratory complex on the second floor of the South Wing, in the Science 1 Building. The purpose-built, multi-room laboratory complex (Rooms 201, 201A, 203, and 205) houses a number of collections, and provides equipment and work space for individual and group projects. The focal collection includes over 300 vertebrate skeletons. These comparative zoo archaeological materials are accessed for research and teaching by faculty, students and interested members of the public.

The core of the collection includes approximately 250 accessioned skeletons, most of which are disarticulated and curated in appropriately labeled and taxonomically-ordered collections boxes. A representative sample of articulated and mounted specimens is also located throughout the main collections room for display and study. The bulk of specimens represent common and local taxa from the Northeastern United States, in addition to representative specimens from other areas of North America. Additional comparative specimens are available for study. These include taxa collected by departmental archaeologists in the course of their field research, and include examples from South America, West Africa and the Arctic. Other comparative materials include an expanding collection of invertebrate specimens, primarily from the western neotropics, as well as a variety of modern butchery specimens and variously modified examples for taphonomic research. The collections are regularly accessed during undergraduate and graduate teaching, in addition to tours by non-University organizations, visits by interested members of the public, and official use by various law-enforcement agencies in the course of routine investigations. The facility also is regularly accessed in the course of advanced training and research in zoorchaeology and taphonomy by graduate students at both the master's and doctoral levels. Advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to use these materials and available wet lab space for original, independent research projects during their junior and senior years. Many of these projects have formed the basis for senior honor's theses and subsequent publication in journals.

The facility also houses teaching collections, including ceramic and pottery, lithics and the departmental slide compilation, which are available on a sign-out basis for faculty and students. These are housed in an adjacent room (205), which also includes microscopes and illuminated lenses, digital balances, geological screens, cameras and various forms of lab equipment for independent research projects. Limited work space, computer facilities and temporary curation of study collections are also available in Room 205. The facility is also equipped with an Olympus Zoom microscope with attached photographic abilities, along with various IBM-compatible equipment to support computer-aided graphics in Room 203.



The anthropology facilities provide research, teaching and training support for faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology, and to students, colleagues and post-doctoral fellows outside the department who collaborate with program faculty.

  • Total of 15 laboratories in Science 1 and Science 3 buildings
  • Wet laboratories: for microbial, cellular and molecular studies at biosafety level 2; forensic DNA and ancient DNA studies; estimation of biomarkers of health and nutrition
  • Dry laboratories: for paleontological, osteological, physiological and morphological studies
  • Lab research is connected with ongoing field research programs in Latin America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, Europe and the United States

Note: As per the Binghamton University Institutional Biosafety Policy and Procedures, BSL-3 and 4 agents may not be used or stored on property owned or operated by the University. This policy does not cover activities that only generate human biohazardous waste and are not related to research. These activities are regulated by EH&S.

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The GIS Campus Core Facility was created in 2001 in response to a growing need for GIS and GPS training in a variety of disciplines. We are committed to a program of quality training and informed interaction, as well as to the provision of selected secondary data sources, through a variety of short-courses and one-on-one interactions with users seeking funded research. While the facility will not create primary databases, it will train users in GIS and GPS data acquisition methods, assist them in research and design, and evaluate existing data sets provided by users.

The hardware in the PC GIS lab consists of 16 Pentium PCs connected together in a Local Area Network (LAN). One of these computers has four very large hard drives and acts as our data storage center.

The UNIX Workstation LAN consists of six Sun Workstations.

The printers and plotters include: one laser-jet printer, two size A (8 1/2" x 11") color deskjet printers, and a size D (32" by continuous feed) plotter.

Three digitizers: 12" x 12", 12" x 18", and 40" x 64"

The software in the PC GIS lab includes: Arc/Info (PC and UNIX), Arcview 3, MapInfo 4.5, Maptitude 3, WinGIS 3.2, IDRISI for Windows 2, IDL Image Processing System, XV Image Viewer, Surfer 32, Pathfinder Office 2 (GPS postprocessing software), CorelDRAW 8, SPSS.
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There are many places for interested graduate and undergraduate students to get hands-on experience with research. The Physics Department has a wide range of equipment including:

The Magnetic Property Measurement System: This primary research tool is used to study the magnetism of matter.

Underfill Flow Lab: Here they do research in the underfill employed in direct-chip-attachment.

Interdiffusion and Thin-Films Lab: They study thin film deposition and metal alloys.

Thermal Analysis Lab: The thermal properties of samples can be studied in detail with the equipment offered in this lab.

The Institute of Materials Research: This is a multi-disciplinary organization that research is done in conjunction with.

The Integrated Electronics Engineering Center: This is another multi-disciplinary organization that physics research is done in conjunction with.

Opportunities in Theoretical Research: Several faculty are involved in on-going theoretical research programs. Some of these are described in faculty biographical profiles.


NMR Facilities: The NMR Facilities of the Chemistry Department are located in two buildings, Smart Energy 0200 and Science 2 G14. The labs are equipped with four superconducting NMR systems ranging from 100 MHz to 600 MHz.



The Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences has an accredited simulation facility, the Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC). The Practice Center consists of a 10-bed hospital ward, four-bed exam area and three exam rooms where undergraduate and graduate students hone their assessment skills. The simulation center houses two simulated hospital rooms that can be configured as emergency, critical care, medical-surgical or labor and delivery rooms. The ISPC is home to several adult, child and infant patient simulators.



All laboratories and offices in the Psychology Department are Ethernet-linked to University computers, with access to on-line library collections as well as the World Wide Web. The building housing the Psychology Department, Science IV, contains faculty and graduate student offices as well as world-class cognitive laboratories, observation rooms, animal vivaria, and a research and training psychological clinic. The Psychology Department also maintains an extensive collection of computer equipment in the in-house Computer Room. The equipment includes PC and Macintosh computers with extensive graphics, image editing, statistical analysis and word processing software. The Computer Room also houses laser printers, image scanners, and facilities for editing video tapes and making slides. The Psychology Department is near the Science Library (part of the University Library system), which houses more than 200,000 volumes and is equipped with a number of online literature databases.



The IEEC has three laboratories that are dedicated to electronics packaging, and also owns other instruments that are parts of different research labs that are spread around the Binghamton University campus. The labs that are dedicated to Packaging cover three main areas:

Electronics assembly and manufacturing
Electronics tear downs, cross sectioning and failure analysis
Electronics reliability stress testing and diagnostics

The assembly and manufacturing lab. has typical assembly equipment such as wire bonders, flip chip aligner/bonder, convection reflow oven (Heller 1700W), an MPM stencil printer, Cyber optics LSM2 laser profilometer and other minor assembly stations, microscopes and rework stations. The tear-down facility has typical failure analysis equipment such as a macroscope, high-resolution digital image capturing system, metallograph, cross sectioning equipment, and precision video measuring system. The reliability stress testing and diagnostics laboratory includes four accelerated thermal cycling chambers, capable of cycling between –55 to 150 C, and two of which have controlled humidity, an air to air thermal shock chamber (two temperature zones with an elevator system), and a large chamber capable of testing a system up to about 1 cubic meter in size. Various thermal aging and curing ovens are available as well. The lab also has a Wyco precision laser profilometer capable of measuring surface topology to a few nano meters, a real time X-Ray imaging system (Fein focus), and an acoustic microscope. The micromechanics laboratory which is part of the reliability lab has a Dage mechanical tester which is suitable for measuring wire bond and solder ball shear strength. The lab has also acquired an MTS system suitable for ,measuring long term creep and fatigue for different packaging materials. The lab also has a variety of computers and data acquisition systems and four graduate students and a lab manager.

Instruments and equipment that belong to the IEEC and that are located in other labs belonging to IEEC affiliated faculty include an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, an Atomic Force Microscope, Microprobe, FTIR, TEM, Moire interferometry laboratory dedicated to measuring stress and strain in electronics packages, Vibrations lab with the capability of stress testing electronics packages at elevated temperature and vibrations simultaneously. The list also includes Vector network analyzers, Thermogravimetric analyzer, Thermomechanical analyzer, time domain reflectometer, event monitors, laser vibrometer, Instron, and MTS. This is only a partial list and additional details may be found at the IEEC web site at


The Health Sciences Core Facility (HSCF) was established in 2018 with shared instrumentation and lab space for researchers working in the biological and biomedical sciences. Located in room B-300 of the Center of Excellence, the 4,500-square-foot facility includes several designated suites. The microbiology suite (B-401) and cell culture suite (B-402) have open bench space as well as CO2 incubators, shaker incubators, laminar flow hoods, centrifuges, a plate reader, and a refrigerator/freezer for sample storage. Suite B-415 is equipped with a Leica SP5 Laser Confocal Microscope, and suite B-403 has a Zeiss LSM 880 Two Photon confocal microscope.  Flow cytometry applications can be carried out with a BD Biosciences FACSAria cell sorter in suite B-303 or the Biorad ZE5 Cell Analyzer in suite B-414.  A BioTek Synergy Neo2 Multi-Mode plate reader is in the B-300 common space. The HSCF also includes a Milli-Q Integral 10 Water Purification System in suite B-416 and a Tuttnauer Autoclave (L5596 1R-EP) in suite B-021. Further details about the core facility are available on a briefs page. Please contact Yan Sun, who oversees the HSCF, for additional questions and to access the facility.


Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences runs high-end equipment for faculty and collaborators, including state-of-the-art proteomics (Q-exactive HF), nuclear resonance imaging (Avance III HD) and nextgen sequencing (miSeq).